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Provincial Logistics Systems Strengthening Specialist

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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project seeks to recruit Provincial Logistics Systems Strengthening Specialists to support the GHSC-PSM project in Zambia.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project will be the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure and provide health commodities, provide technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and collaborate with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.

With 100+ staff across eight offices around the country, this diverse and complex program sets out to strengthen the capacity of GRZ to develop sustainable systems that ensure the availability and security of vital and essential health commodities through (1) increased data availability and use for informed supply chain decision making, (2) improved quantification procurement planning and coordination processes, (3) provision of cost-effective, reliable international and local procurement services, (4) improved efficiency in warehousing and distribution by Zambia Medicines and Medical Supply Agency ( ZAMMSA), and (5) increased strategic management and planning by Ministry of Health for improved commodity security. The project seeks to recruit (on a one-year contract renewable) for the following positions:

Position Title: Provincial Logistics Systems Strengthening Specialist (2 Positions)

Reporting To: Provincial Logistics Systems Strengthening Manager

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Provincial Logistics Systems Strengthening Specialist will work with the Provincial Logistics Systems Strengthening Manager and other team members in the Logistics Systems Strengthening Directorate to provide enhanced facility-level data quality, develop, document, and implement innovations to increase reporting rates, reporting timeliness and increase access to information and its use for decision making contributing towards good SDP level commodity availability. The Specialist will be responsible for strengthening the utility and usability of eLMIS and providing ongoing technical assistance to MOH staff.

Specific Tasks

Technical Implementation

  • Work with a team of technical staff in the field office to meet project objective focused on improving logistics information systems to avail critical data for informed supply chain management;
  • Promote enhanced facility-level data quality by providing remote project support to health facilities and targeted Technical Supportive Supervision (TSS) visits. Document and file innovations to increase reporting rates, improve data quality at all levels of supply chain activity in the field, and increase access to information on stock status;
  • Conduct ARV, HIV, EM, and Laboratory logistics systems training;
  • Strengthen the utility and usability of eLMIS and provide ongoing technical assistance to MOH staff on the use of the system;
  • As a member of the field office team, develop materials in support of identifying opportunities for streamlining data management and reporting to increase data availability for supply chain decision-making;
  • Ensure all contract deliverables are met within areas of logistics strengthening by compiling and providing accurate data and reporting as required;
  • Execute team annual work plans and budgets based on project resources available and intended annual and life of project targets set according to GRZ and USG priorities;
  • Supervise Provincial Logistics Systems Strengthening Officers and Provincial Administrative and Logistics Officer (PALO) under his/her responsibility, develop roles and responsibilities, design and monitor professional development plans, conduct annual performance appraisals, develop SMART goals, and periodically monitor progress toward objectives;
  • Exhibit Chemonics values and build a culture of “Living our Values” within the team;
  • Verify that USAID regulations, Chemonics policies, and quality management best practices are enforced consistently;
  • Conduct administrative and financial management tasks in line with the operations of the regional office;
  • Carry out additional responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time in consultation with the supervisor of record.

Minimum Education Qualifications, Experience, and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in biomedical sciences, Public Health, Pharmacy, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, or a related field required; Other advanced degrees a plus;
  • Minimum four (4) years of experience working in supply chain management, international project management;
  • Knowledge of USAID funding and its contractual and reporting requirements preferred; experience working on USAID-funded health programs strongly preferred;
  • Experience with health programs strongly preferred;
  • Strong leadership and motivational ability;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural environment with multiple stakeholders and partners;
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills as well as written and spoken English proficiency;
  • Experience in personnel management and supervision;
  • Proficiency in common computer packages (e.g., MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel) relevant to the work.

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